November 3 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what has to turn around against the “defending champs”:
Score the first goal – it always gives you the momentum – and to deal with adversity during games is really important. You don’t always have the lead, or you don’t always get things your way. I’m not really focused on that we’re playing the defending champions, we’re focused on trying to play our game.

On what Teddy Purcell brings to the team:
Hopefully that element of a little bit of scoring opportunity or scoring chances. I think he has the ability to do that and to create and hang on to pucks in the offensive zone.

On looking to get create more chances closer to the net, as opposed to the perimeter:
I think it’s evident – we have to be a lot firmer of a group going to the goalie in those areas. I think we do a really good job of putting pucks there. We don’t have a lot of natural finishers on our team – that’s obvious – so you’re going to get a lot of second and third opportunities. Screen, tip, rebound, that sort of thing, and you want to be a high shot volume. If you look just at the last game, if there was any frustration on my part coming into [this] game, it was we only gave up 10 or 11 shots and the other team has three or four goals, and we’ve doubled that but don’t have any goals, so the next part of that would be the you need some more. The goalie has to not only make the save, but he has to be able to not see some of the saves he makes.

On Tom Gilbert’s hit on Nick Ritchie:
I totally disagree that there should be any sort of hearing or anything, at all, and usually I’m all in the, ‘what’s the right call,’ and it doesn’t matter if it’s your team or the other team, but I totally disagree with it. Quite honest, there were ones on him that should’ve been looked at. So I totally disagree with it. I’ve got nothing, that’s just how I feel. I was shocked and surprised to hear that.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.